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All aboard for Red Cloud, Norton, Arapahoe and Elwood

All aboard for Red Cloud, Norton, Arapahoe and Elwood

Nick Hoffman fell in love with rural Nebraska and Kansas 23 years ago and since then, he and his father, who lives in Omaha, have made an annual trip to visit those rural areas. On these back roads adventures, they have discovered the stories and characters behind the towns…

Growing community, helping charities, working together

Growing community, helping charities, working together

This fall in Phelps County, a new entrance is being constructed at a nursing home, a new concession stand and multi-purpose practice facility will be built at the high school and hungry children are being fed through a weekend backpack food program…

NRL launches new online art gallery

NRL launches new online art gallery

The Fine Art in Towns under 10,000 online art gallery is up and ready for you to explore. Take a look at 10 rural Nebraska artists. Learn what inspires them and then come back often as we continue to grow the online art gallery with submissions from other rural Nebraska artists…

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

We are excited to announce a new section has just been added to Nebraska Rural Living. We’ve really enjoyed featuring entrepreneurs and restaurants, but over and over again, we keep running into rural Nebraska artists. So now we’ve decided to dedicate a section just to them…

Pumping up Nebraska’s groundwater with the help of technology

Pumping up Nebraska’s groundwater with the help of technology

Water conservation is a hot topic across the United States. In Nebraska, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District has launched a pilot to focus on the best way to balance water for agricultural use with recreation and wildlife habitat…

Harlan County Lake

Harlan County Lake

You’ll be tapping your toe and singing along by the time you finish Kristine Jacobson’s essay about her favorite place to get away during the summer. At the very least, you’ll be itching to dust off your fishing pole and head to the lake…

Only in Rural Nebraska

Only in Rural Nebraska

Writer Michelle McCormick has many reasons to love Nebraska, but mostly because of the unexpected that might wait just around the corner. This month she explored southeast Nebraska with a friend and found inspiration in the most unusual places…

2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 might seem like a long ways off, but if you plan to stake out the perfect viewing spot for the next total solar eclipse, it never hurts to plan early. As Kim Woods tells us in this month’s essay, the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will slide right through Nebraska on its 68-mile wide, 2,500-mile long journey from coast to coast…

Accolades for rural Nebraska advocacy

Accolades for rural Nebraska advocacy

The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce that Betty Sayers, co-founder of Nebraska Rural Living from Holdrege, Nebraska, received the 2015 Seventh Generation Award…

Witness the annual spring migration

Witness the annual spring migration

The annual spring migration is a sight every Nebraskan should witness at least once. March is the height of spring migration season and Betty Sayers has rounded up the best places and events to visit during this spectacular season…

Wheelin’ to Oconto

Wheelin’ to Oconto

Kristi Spiegel and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 33 years and riding motorcycles together for more than 35 years. They’ve traveled a lot of miles on their bikes, but last summer, Kristi was surprised to find a fascinating treasure along the road to Oconto…

Long-distance love

Long-distance love

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and they are spread across the country and the globe. But no matter how far away family is, a simple phone call can bridge the gap…

Silent Night

Silent Night

Let the beauty of a rural winter Nebraska night sink in through Don Brockmeier’s photos. Why do we love rural living? Because of scenes and experiences like these…

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